BACK TO SCHOOL EYE EXAMS: A PRIORITY
The beginning of fall is a busy time for families with school age children. In the midst of buying new clothes and school supplies, don’t forget about your student’s eye health and vision. Experts state that about 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually. Vision and learning are inseparably linked.
When you factor in the use of computers and tablets, the visual demands of an ordinary school day are heightened and even more complex.
10 WARNING SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF EYE PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN
VISION SCREENING VS. FULL EXAM
Visual problems can manifest as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism, functional vision difficulty, perceptual vision issues, color blindness. A comprehensive eye exam by a doctor who is experienced with pediatric visual health can rule out any of these conditions.
Students often are given a vision screening at school. These screenings do not take the place of a full eye examination. Screenings can spot some vision problems but often miss more than they find. Undetected and untreated visual needs can interfere with a child’s ability to learn in school and participation in sports.
Some drawbacks of relying only on vision screening are:
WHY COMPREHENSIVE VISION EXAMS MATTER
Good vision involves more than the ability to read at 20/20 on an eye chart. Important components of a comprehensive eye exam include: a health and vision history and evaluation of visual acuity, determination of any refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or amblyopia (lazy eye),
testing of eye coordination, and the eyes’ ability to focus, depth perception and eye muscle movement.
Some vision facts
In the busy opening days of fall, make time to ensure that your child’s eyes are all set for the requirements of the academic year. Make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam to be assured that he or she is off to a good start this school year.